A Timeline of Playa Bowls

Playa Bowls built its foundation on açaí. But do you know our rad story? Here’s a timeline of how Pineappleland came to be, and how our açaí remains a staple ingredient that our Playa Babes and Bros can’t live without. 

 

Spot the history of your location and celebrate with a healthy superfruit bowl!

 

2014: Playa Bowls is born

May 23, 2014: We started with a single cart, serving acai and pitaya bowls and smoothies. 

 

2015: Pineappleland finds a home

May 16: Our beachfront Manasquan, NJ location opens

July 3: The signature Belmar, NJ shop opens its doors, with a second cart location at 17th Ave

 

2016: Five new locations welcome our Playa Babes and Bros

May: Bay Head, NJ, and Pier Village, NJ open

July: Ocean Grove, NJ 

September: Rutgers, New Brunswick NJ

December: Montclair, NJ

 

2017: 17 new locations, plus expansion into New York and Pennsylvania

February: Red Bank, NJ

May: Island Heights, NJ; Morristown, NJ; Asbury Cookman, NJ; Brick, NJ; Seaside Park, NJ

June: Millburn, NJ

August: Lacey, NJ; first New York location opens at the Mercedes Club

September: Macdougal Street, NY; Rutgers, Newark NJ; Marlboro, NJ; first Pennsylvania location opens in Bethlehem

October: Cranford, NJ

December: Easton, PA; Oakhurst, NJ; Toms River, NJ; Pleasantville, NY

 

2018: 32 new locations, including in Delaware, Florida, Connecticut, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico

January: Rowan, NJ

February: First Delaware location opens at the University of Delaware; Pompton Plains, NJ; Ridgewood, NJ; Florida welcomes first Playa Bowls in Boca Raton

March: Denville, NJ

April: Freehold Mall, NJ; Hoboken, NJ

May: Franklin Lakes, NJ; Beach Haven, Long Beach Island NJ; Villanova, PA; Stone Harbor, NJ; Ocean City, NJ; Seaside Heights, NJ

June: Lil Belmar, NJ; first Connecticut location opens in Fairfield; Bronxville, NY; Rutherford, NJ; Sea Girt, NJ; Lavallette, NJ

July: Asbury Boardwalk, NJ; Somerville, NJ

August: We expand to South Carolina in Charleston; Chester, NJ

September: Deerfield Beach, FL; East Brunswick, NJ; Summit, NJ

November: Doylestown, PA; West Chester, PA; surfs up in our first Puerto Rico location Rincon

December: Englewood, NJ; Cherry Hill, NJ; Edison, NJ

 

2019: 19 new locations including expansion into Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana

January: Penn State, PA; we opened our first Georgia location in Beltline; Maryland welcomed us in College Park

February: West Caldwell, NJ; Massachusetts first greeted us at Boston College

March: Fort Lauderdale, FL

April: Flemington, NJ; Wall Street NYC, NY; Chamblee, GA; Rehoboth Beach, DE

June: Middletown, DE; Montgomery, NJ

July: Our first location opens in North Carolina in Wilmington

August: Princeton, NJ; Virginia welcomes us in Fairfax

September: Center Valley, PA; Louisiana gets a taste of Pineappleland in Baton Rouge

November: West Hartford, CT

December: Northeastern, MA

 

In 2019, Playa Bowls also switched to our very own, exclusive blend of Playa Bowls acai

 

2020: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcomed 19 additional new locations, including in New Hampshire 

January: Newtown, PA

February: Grand Central, NYC, NY; Urban Space, NYC, NY

March: Manahawkin, NJ

May: Surf City, NJ; Wildwood, NJ; Sea Isle City, NJ; Kensington, VA; Nazareth, PA

June: Philadelphia, PA; Westwood, NJ; Holmdel, NJ

August: Point Pleasant Beach, NJ; Harvard Square, MA; Fairless Hills, PA

October: Union City, NJ; New Hampshire’s first Playa Bowls opens in Manchester

November: Darien, CT; Reston, VA; Sparta, NJ

 

2021: 32 new locations open including our first drive-through in NJ and Colorado, Texas, Ohio, and Arizona

January: Pineappleland expands to Colorado in Littleton; Easton, MD

March: Our first drive-through in Brick, NJ opens

April: Peachtree Corners, GA; Salisbury, MD

May: Rye, NY; Temple University, PA; Ocean City South, NJ; Tarrytown, NY; things got bigger with our first Texas spot in San Antonio; Sea Bright, NJ; Cape May, NJ; Ohio welcomed us in Columbus

June: Olney, MD; we heated things in Scottsdale, Arizona; South Brunswick, NJ; Rosemary Beach, FL

July: Warrington, PA; Florham Park, NJ; Watchung, NJ; Nanuet, NY; Elizabeth, NJ

August: Glastonbury, CT; Carlisle, PA; Davie, FL

September: Fort Myers, FL; South Broadway, Denver, CO

October: Quarry Lake, MD; Milton, MA; Marlton, NJ

November: Miller Place, NY; Darnestown, MD

December: Merrick, NY

 

2022: 27 locations and counting, including new ones in Michigan

January: Mt Pleasant, SC; Metairie, LA; Delray Beach, FL

February: Edgewater, CO; Staten Island, NY; Stone Hill, MA

March: FIT, NYC, NY; Upper West Side, NYC, NY; Halcyon, GA

April: Somers Point, NJ; Hampton Beach, NH

May: New Albany, OH

June: Ventnor, NJ; Michigan welcomes Pineappleland in East Lansing; FIDI, NYC, NY

July: Lawrence, NY; Annapolis, MD; Northville, MI; Coral Springs, FL; Williamsburg, NY

August: Montgomeryville, PA

September: Upper East Side, NYC, NY; Traverse City, MI

October: Winchester, MA; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Queen Creek, AZ; Aurora, CO

November: Wilmington, DE

 

As we head into the thankful season, we want to thank all of you in Pineappleland—our franchises, our staff, and of course our customers—for being part of our journey. We’re stoked for what’s ahead.